From coffee speak to bespoke — blog writer Rohan shares his tale.

The writer for Richard James’ blog The Row dropped by class to share some of his personal experiences. Rohan Daft’s tale starts in coffee shop, like so many great ones usually do, having weekly conversation and coffee with a writer friend. Rohan was not a writer and had not studied journalism but his friend did not require that to start publishing Rohan’s table talk in the paper and hand him a check. After receiving several of these checks, he accepted the job that he was practically working.

The career had begun.

Going from gossip column to a theater section in the evening standard gave him plenty of practice at speed and efficiency in writing. Having 2 hours to write a 1000 word peice being published that day, can do that.

He spent 5 years working in print journalism doing these pieces that had to be out 3 times a day and didn’t realize the stress that that created until he was done. of course by meeting all of his stressful dealines, he got a great sense of accomplishment.

After working for the paper, Rohan went to Spain and basically became a freelancer. Print journalism can be a difficult world to work in, since it is no longer the most effective medium of relaying information. Print is dying but the world of journalism is bigger and more wide spread than ever. While in Spain, Rohan was commissioned to write a book about food.

After writing the book, Rohan Daft was at a loss. With print on the decline he wasn’t sure what his next step should be. It was then that he was contacted by Richard James and asked to write the blog he currently works at. One year strong, and The Row is better than ever.


A little about Lera

I talked to one of the students in the multimedia journalsim class and learned a few things about her. She is also an international student studying in London and was very nice. Enjoy!


The yearly phenomenon hosted by Discovery known as Shark Week is back. This year, they’ve asked Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg to come on the show, giving him the title of  “Chief Shark Officer”.
Read more about his induction here.

This year’s Shark Week will have plenty of the same that has made shark week more popular than ever, including such shows as “Shark City”, which will be done by Andy himself, and “Top Five Eaten Alive”.

For the first time on “Shark Week”, Discovery has teamed up with the Georgia Aquarium to bring a 24/7 live shark cam to the viewers that can’t get enough of the deadly predators.

Shark week’s popularity has grown so quickly that people are even publishing “What to wear” articles to lock in views over the best fashions during the programming. The band “Arcade Fire”, currently signed on as an opener for U2 on the world’s highest grossing tour, even changed their name for the first night of shark week to “Shark Attack” and played for less than 1000 people at the independant music festival, SappyFest.

Of course with sharks as a topic, shark attacks become a much bigger deal and up the frightened level quite a bit. More shark attack survival stories than ever are published, despite the fact that there are usually only 60 shark attacks a year in the entire world. Most scientists will agree that the threatening nature of sharks is great overexaggerated.

Graffiti, Social Commentary, or Art? Of course I’m talking about Banksy

With the age of everyone wanting to sign everything, you can imagine what kids will do if given a can of spraypaint or a paint brush… make a culture of course. Tagging has become a game of it’s own that has escalated far beyond simply spelling one’s own name. It’s a night game of mystery and pseudonym that has little reward aside from self grattification. With that in mind, It’s hard to ignore the name of the great Banksy. Anonymous, political, and funny. He’s tagged half of London, yet no one is quite sure who he actually is or  if he’s one single person. He’s a tagger, of sorts, but there’s something special about him.

Not all artists are equal though. Newly arrested Daniel Halpin aka “Tox” was one that believed “tagging had taken over from more creative forms of graffiti” Banksy of course had something to say about this which can be interpreted in several different ways. I of course believe Banksy is calling Tox a child and demonstrating how art can be so superior to tagging.

So Tox, the artist that tags because it’s safer is in jail, and Banksy, the well thought out icon is free. This to me is the kind of poetic justice that only occurs when talent and hard are motivated by something positive and freeing. Let the taggers write their names on everything for some semblence of fame and fortune, while non-profiteering idealism shows that art can be made of something so childish.

Cheers, Banksy.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter :a review:

Last night marks the 31st birthday of fictional superstar Harry Potter and also marks the day that I saw the 7th HP movie, The Deathly Hallows pt.2. After reading all the books and seeing all the movies to this point, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s been made clear that the movies do not directly follow the books yet still attempt to convey the same story which has had mixed results for the movies up to now. I would say that despite feeling plot rushed, the previous films did an excellent job visually portraying most everything that the viewers wanted to see and the movies have all fetched very decent reviews.

So onto the movie…

This is the end. Harry’s years at Hogwarts, and all the relationships he’s made are all tried and tested. This is his fight with You-Know-Who and this is his final puzzle being solved. He has one last task and one wild battle, and the wizarding world is as prepared as it can be.

The movie was good! As expected, there were plenty of parts that did not directly parallel the book but for visual’s sake, the choices were justified. The final movie does it’s job and strongly leads up to a final battle while making you care for all the characters. This was the climax of the series and leaves one feeling that fulfilling sense of accomplishment at the end.

…But on to the nit-picking: The acting wasn’t necessarily there. The visuals were stunning and top budget, as can be seen by the mood changing saturation effects that were toyed with for the entire film. The spells and scenery were all very believable and the mythical creatures were all a clever mix of CGI and good old fashioned make-up (short of a few giant creatures and animated statues). The only thing that bugs me about the movie was the lack of acting. Going from action scene to action scene makes Harry seem almost cold and careless. He had very little emphasis in his voice and the usual brilliant cast each had only one or two lines. Hermione and Ron are developed wonderfully and the one or two lines they had, worked for them, but the lack of dialogue from the rest of the cast where greeting and excitement would be expected, seemed a little out of place.

It was quite a ride and the finish was a dark yet thrilling portrayal of the end of an epic. This was a wonderful place to leave the series… So let’s hope “19 years later” doesn’t turn into Potter and Friends Enjoy Retirement.

It’s time to hear from London

I went out to South Bank to ask a few people if they’ve had close encounters with violent behavior in London. The answers provided quickly took hold of the investigation and pointed towards a new question: What is 333 Mother?

Hackers attack Murdoch though his own site.

A hacker group that goes by the name LulzSec vandalized Rupert Murdoch owned New Times yesterday, leaving a fake news story claiming the death of Murdoch himself. The illigitimate article posing as one from The Sun stated the Murdoch had “melted and consumed large quantities of [Palladium]” before going to to his garden where his body was found.

LulzSec has claimed several attacks before including the massive break into Sony’s system, stealing credit card information,and causing them to shut down for several weeks. Another more recent action from the hacker group was to change PBS’s homepage story to one claiming that Tupac Shakur was still alive.